Our Top Picks From 2018: 10 Must-Read Articles To Take Your Blog To The Next Level

Our Top Picks From 2018 Must Read Articles

In 2018, we worked hard to publish a load of helpful articles for you.

And as a result, over 2 million people visited Blogging Wizard over the course of the year (63% more than last year which is incredible!)

So, to make sure you didn’t miss out, I’ve put together a curated list featuring some of our favourite articles from the past year.

Let’s dive right in:

Our top picks from 2018

How To Promote Your Blog: The Complete Beginner’s Guide – David Hartshorne

Not getting enough traffic to your blog? No problem. We’ve got you covered.

This is a detailed guide that covers everything you need to know about promoting your blog.

David doesn’t just share random traffic generation strategies. He shares a process to work through which includes pre-promotion (getting your house in order, so to speak), a bunch of effective promotional strategies, and how to measure them.

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How To Create Your First Freelance Project Proposal: The Definitive Guide – John Makohen

The headline doesn’t do this post justice. Just a few ideas from this post can make a big difference.

So, if you’re a freelancer and want to score higher paying gigs or more clients in general, I highly recommend checking out John’s post.

In the first part of the post, you’ll discover how to frame your services in a way that allows you to close more deals, and make more money.

In the second part, you get a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own freelance project proposal. And you get a free template that is customisable with Google Slides.

And you don’t need to opt-in to get the template.

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12 Simple Tricks To Increase Your Email Open Rates – Alee King

Email marketing is still one of the highest converting marketing channels out there. And for good reason.

It’s personal. It’s immediate. And it’s a great way to connect with our audience.

But if nobody is opening your emails, it won’t do any good.

So, check out this post from Alee King and start working through some of the recommendations.

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How To Choose A Blog Name You Won’t Regret: The Definitive Guide – David Hartshorne

“What should I call my blog?”

This is one of the most common questions we are asked at Blogging Wizard. And it’s no wonder – choosing a blog name is so difficult!

But, David Hartshorne has made the process a lot easier for us with this post.

Inside this post, you’ll find a number of questions to ask yourself before you start the naming process. Along with a number of tools, tips, and formulas you can use to come up with the perfect blog name.

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Keyword Research: The Complete Beginner’s Guide – David Hartshorne

If you want to get regular traffic to your content, without relying on paid traffic, you need to consider content promotion while you’re planning your content.

It boils down to this:

Figure out what topics people are searching for in Google and write content that will satisfy their search query.

David’s guide shows you exactly how – it covers everything you need to know about keyword research.

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How To Build A Sustainable Freelance Writing Business While Traveling The World – Jaz Purnell

Have you ever wanted to leave the 9-5 grind, and travel the world?

A great way to fund your travel adventure is to start your own freelancing business.

In this post, Yaz Purnell shares some of her best tips for building your own freelance business – and making it sustainable enough that you can travel the world, no return flight needed.

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The 5 Stages Of The Blog Sales Funnel And How To Use Them – Jonathan Chan

Want to turn your blog into a revenue generation machine? You need a sales funnel.

A sales funnel doesn’t have to be complicated to make a load of cash. A simple funnel can be super effective.

In this post, Jonathan Chan walks us through how bloggers can implement their own sales funnel that generates sales on autopilot.

Then, just add traffic and watch the magic happen.

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17 Easy Ways To Boost Your Pinterest Following – Alee King

Pinterest is one of my favorite platforms to promote content.

If you’re not using Pinterest to promote your content – now is the time.

But, you’ll need to build an audience on the platform to help get your content noticed.

In this post, Alee King shares a bunch of helpful ways you can build your Pinterest following.

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How To Start A Blog Today: Everything You Need To Start Writing – Adam Connell

Ever wondered how to start your own blog? No problem – I’ve got you covered.

In this post, I walk you through each step of starting a blog with WordPress – including the process of figuring out what to blog about.

You’ll also find answers to some of the most common blogging questions.

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SEO Tactics: 7 Things You Can Do Right Now To Boost Your Rankings – Adam Connell

If you want to get more traffic to your blog, you really can’t ignore SEO. After all, Google processes over 5 billion searches per day.

Damn, that’s a lot!

And search engine traffic is typically far more targeted than social or referral traffic. So, it tends to convert a lot better.

So, to help you grab a bigger slice of SEO traffic from Google, I put together this post with a bunch of tactics you can use right away for some quick results.

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Here’s to a great 2019

In 2018 we published plenty of in-depth and actionable guides to help you grow your blog, and your business.

Outside of this list, we had plenty more great posts too so feel free to check out our blog archives for more. This was not an easy list to make!

Now, what’s important is making sure you take as much away from these articles as you can – let’s make it a great 2019!

Start off by picking one post. Dive in and find a few ideas that you can implement and see how things go.

Thank you for all of your support over the past year – it’s greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned. We’ve got plenty of exciting things planned for 2019. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter via the form below.

Adam Connell

Adam used to manage the content marketing efforts for brands earning well over 8 figures in annual revenue. Now he teaches bloggers how to create a blog that thrives in a noisy online world. Click here to get exclusive content you won't find on the blog.

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